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The Fifth French Art Friday

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
I've made it to my life's goal - the old age pension. Now I write for fun. Hope you enjoy reading.
I invent nothing I rediscover - Auguste Rodin

The final French Art Friday lecture for 2015 is to be held at the premises of Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 13 November, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.

Tickets for this event, which include a glass of fine French wine, are available on-line from the following links:
Alliance Francaise members for $25 from here; and
Non-members for $30 from here.

The French Art Friday series of lectures has showcased famous works by leading French artists while presenting attendees with the opportunity to understand and discuss how French artistic input helped shape various visual art movements. As it is impossible to fully consider nineteenth century French art without an introduction to the sculptors of the time and so this final lecture of the series focuses on French sculpture from 1850 to 1900.

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The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
During this period, French sculpture was deeply transformed by fabulous artists wanting to take their art form through new and creative pathways. This included going from neoclassicism and romanticism, through impressionism and symbolism to end the century with the first of Rodin's modern sculptures. Some of the greatest artists including Carpeaux, Bartholdi and Rodin focused almost exclusively on sculpture which, in turn, attracted greats such as, Degas and Gauguin to expand their talents and sculpt according to their individual creativity.

French Art Friday conferences are led by Florence Thiriot, a teacher and art specialist at Alliance Francaise. Florence grew up in Vétheuil, a small town in Normandy, and was deeply influenced by her father, an art teacher, who passed on his love of art to his daughter so completely Florence says she was left, 'having had no choice but to become passionate about art'.
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The Statue of Liberty by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi

Florence presents her talks in English and has developed each one to inform you how French art developed during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries as part of the creative movement that led to the birth of Modern Art.

Following the lecture you are encouraged to interact with Florence and the other guests and ask all those questions about everything you have always wanted to know about French sculpture as you enjoy a glass of fine French wine.

Whether you are an expert or novice in Art History or just love to see and appreciate fine art, you are sure to learn something new from Florence. This is also a great opportunity to gain an insider's knowledge of the best museums and galleries around Paris of which there are a lot, lot more than the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre.

For more information on this exciting event contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, you can check out Alliance Francaise's web page or its Facebook page and discover some of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
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Why? The enjoyment found in stimulating converstaion and fine wine is not to be missed.
When: Friday, 13 November, 2015 from 6.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Française de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine.
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